Australia’s rental crisis was thought to have hit a new low with the launch of a living room tent, but new listings are proving it can still go deeper.
The tent now looks cozy after listing a run down boat for $200 a week and to keep the nautical theme a shipping container has also been listed.
The boat, which is moored in Western Australia, tried to boost trade by offering “living on a 38ft yacht for $200 a week” in its online ad.
“One of the most beautiful places on the Swan River near Fremantle,” it said. “Hot water shower, storage, kitchen…Couples accepted.”
Located 11 miles southwest of Perth CBD, the boat even has a small tender so the happy couple can get to shore without having to swim ashore.
A dilapidated boat (pictured) was offered for rent on the Swan River for $200 a week
A shipping container (pictured) and a caravan site (but no caravan) are also available for rent
The renter or renters need to recover fairly quickly as the boat doesn’t exactly look comfortable as the bed is a mattress on the floor in the windowless bow of the boat.
An old seaman, Luke, likes the idea of living on a boat because a year of interest rate hikes has left him with a $1,100-a-week mortgage bill.
The retiree told The West: “Rather than going smaller, I’d rather choose a boat…I’d love to do that.”
However, he cautioned that not every landlubber can automatically begin a life on the high seas, or even on land on the Swan River.
“It’s romantic … but life on a boat is a reality,” he said. “They’re small, they’re narrow.”
The Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA) said Perth is in the midst of its worst rental crisis since the institute started keeping such records 43 years ago.
The bed is a mattress on the floor (pictured) a few steps up in the windowless bow of the boat
The boat (pictured) is equipped with a dinghy so you can go ashore without getting wet
The city’s vacancy rate is 0.7 percent, last December it was even worse at 0.6 percent.
Other unusual rental deals in WA include renting an RV site in the backyard of a Yanchep home for $200 – RV not included, but site has water and sewer access.
Several people have offered to pitch a tent in their backyard, but for those who like the idea of a tent but don’t like the outdoor vibe, the solution was to pitch one in a family’s home.
The downside was that the husband, wife and two children would also continue to live in the unit, but the upside was that you had your own bathroom.
Unlike the Swan River boat which was advertised as suitable for a couple, the Melbourne tent was only suitable for single occupancy.
If that appealed to you, the cost at $350 per week for the tent, or $18,200 per year, was a lot more than river boat living.
A Melbourne family of four is offering a single person a tent (pictured) in their apartment for $350 a week, which works out to $18,200 a year
The ad gave others ideas on how to monetize their own properties.
“Maybe I’ll rent out my driveway to an RV, the back yard to tents and bunk beds in my 4 bedrooms,” wrote one.
Another said they would stay in their two man tent and rent the second room inside.
Only a few days later and 3,418 kilometers away did someone come up with the idea of renting out their boat.
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